Chris started his career in the construction industry in 1988 as an apprentice site engineer before moving into quantity surveying. During this time he worked for some large national contractors and it was through the experience there, that he developed his ambition to start his own company which he wanted to be able to provide a professional but more personal service for clients. In 1998, at just 26 years of age, Chris set up DCB (Kent) Limited and in the last 16 years has developed the business from minor refurbishment projects and kitchen and bathroom upgrades to high-quality new build projects, major refurbishments and corporate and property maintenance. Chris has a comprehensive knowledge of all areas of the business and the projects in progress and takes a very active role in the company, offering his clients direct accessibility. Chris is extremely proud of DCB (Kent) Limited, its staff and projects and is very keen to continue the success.
Caroline started her working career in 1990 as a trainee management accountant with Mid Kent Water (now South East Water), gaining a solid working knowledge of management account processes and procedures. Alongside this, Caroline had responsibility for the IT helpdesk and diversified into writing bespoke software for management account systems. In 2000 Caroline joined her husband full time to run DCB (Kent) Limited as Finance Director, now having ownership of the company’s financial records and accounts, whilst continuing to develop the IT innovations in conjunction with Commercial Director, Paul Baker. As a Finance Director and Company Secretary, Caroline works with managing director Chris to plan the direction and strategy of the business, managing the cash flow and credit control mechanisms of the business.
Paul has worked in the construction industry for the last 15 years, gaining experience across all areas of the business and specifically in estimating. Paul joined DCB (Kent) in 2004, working his way through the company from Project Manager to General Manager and most recently with a promotion to Commercial Director. Apart from overseeing the day to day running of the company, Paul has overall responsibility for estimating, purchasing, IT systems and health and safety and has a very active role in contract management and performance, as well as client relationships.
Martin has over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry, progressing from apprentice bricklayer to into Site Management and now Contracts Management. During his career to date, Martin has worked on a number of high-specification new build and refurbishment projects for clients in the public, commercial and private sectors. His project portfolio includes residential properties, offices, industrial buildings, hotels, restaurants, nurseries, schools and sports premises. At DCB (Kent) Limited, Martin is responsible for our new build and refurbishment projects and brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the construction industry as a tradesperson and in site and contract management, wide-ranging project experience, excellent project management and client liaison skills and the ability to deliver high quality results, on time and to budget.
Graham started his career in the construction industry 25 years ago having spent 9 years in H.M. Armed Forces. He originally qualified as a carpenter and joiner, moving into the supervision of planned and responsive maintenance contracts. For the last 10 years he has had responsibility for construction and refurbishment contracts across a number of different sectors. Works include apartment blocks, housing developments, commercial and retail units and listed buildings. At DCB (Kent) Limited Graham is currently working on a development of six new homes, major refurbishments of sheltered schemes and the construction of 3 industrial units. Graham has excellent project management skills and technical knowledge and continues to deliver excellent results to our clients.
Paul has 23 years of construction industry experience, starting out as an apprentice carpenter, rising through the ranks to Maintenance Supervisor and becoming a National Operations Manager at a large construction company before joining DCB (Kent) Limited in 2011. Paul understands all aspects of site management; however his true strengths lie within contracts management within the Public Sector. Paul is passionate about improving performance; he is able to build good working relationships to understand the needs of our clients to give the best level of service we can provide. Paul is currently managing our Responsive Repairs division, including long-term partnerships with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Gravesham Borough Council, MCCH, Swale Borough Council and Hastings Borough Council.
Paul began his career in the construction industry 30 years ago as an assistant surveyor and gained extensive knowledge during this time, before joining us at DCB (Kent) Limited in 2009. Paul has had responsibility for some major refurbishment and new build projects (including the £1.5 million refurbishment and extension of Goldie Leigh Hospital in Abbey Wood for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust) as well as the management of our kitchen and bathroom replacement programmes and small refurbishment contracts. He has built excellent relationships with our all of our clients and regularly meets and exceeds KPIs for resident customer satisfaction in our kitchen and bathroom upgrade programme.
Mat joined DCB (Kent) Limited in 2003 as a Storeman, having previously worked for other small construction companies. He built up a sound knowledge of stock control and became responsible for material purchasing through which he built valuable relationships with our suppliers. Living Solutions was born out of continual demand for aids and adaptations for the disabled and elderly, through our ever-growing Local Authority client base. Mat became the Manager of Living Solutions and has been in this role now for five years. Mat has built excellent relationships with our clients, which also now include In Touch Agencies across Kent and South East London. Our clients trust that we can carry out adaptation works with consideration, care and understanding. Mat himself is disabled; he is able to relate to residents and through his experience is able to suggest solutions to ensure the comfort and confidence of residents.